Frequently Asked Questions
Billing and Payments:
4. When are bills mailed?
5. When are the bills due?
6. What forms of payment are accepted?
7. Who do I make checks payable to?
8. How do I make a payment online?
9. Why is there a Returned Check Hold on my account?
10. What do I do if I do not receive a paper bill?
11. How can I authorize others to view my bill and make payments on my behalf?
12. My financial aid is not reflected on my bill, who do I contact?
13. What payment plans are available?
14. What happens if I pay my bill late?
15. What is the refund policy if I drop a class(es) or withdraw from the University?
16. How do I submit a refund request?
17. When can I expect to receive a refund?
18. What is a Title IV Authorization Form and why should I complete it?
The Office of the Bursar/Student Accounts generates tuition bills and collects tuition, fees and other University-related charges including room and board. The Office of the Bursar/Student Accounts also issues refunds to student’s accounts. The Repayment Office is also part of the Office of the Bursar/Student Accounts and collects tuition payments as well as manages past due institutional loans.
The Office of the Bursar/Student Accounts is located on the second floor of Memorial Hall.
For office hours, please go to Hofstra.edu/sfscalendar. Please note that the Repayment Office is only open until 5pm daily, except on days where the entire office closes earlier.
Fall bills will be mailed by the second week of June for all newly admitted registered students and the third week of June for all continuing registered students. Fall bills are due the first Monday is August.
January bills will be mailed by the first week of November for all registered students. January bills are due the first Monday of December.
Spring bills will be mailed by the third week of November for all registered students. Spring bills are due the first Monday of January.
IMPORTANT: If you make any changes to your account after your first paper bill is received, always check your Hofstra portal for your most updated billing information at My.Hofstra.edu, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your portal account will reflect the most up to date information.
Fall bills are typically due the first week of August
Spring bills are typically due the first week of January
Please check Hofstra.edu/deadlines for specific due dates for each semester
For convenient and faster payment processing to your student account, we encourage you to pay either via electronic check or PINless debit card through the Hofstra Portal, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Cash, personal or bank check and money orders are accepted at the Student Financial Services Suite, Room 206, Memorial Hall.
Tuition and fees may be paid by personal check electronically on the Hofstra Portal at My.Hofstra.edu, submitted in person at the Student Financial Services Suite, Room, 206, Memorial Hall, 2nd floor, or mailed to our Lockbox facility at, Hofstra University, P.O. Box 371988, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7988.
When paying by check, you authorize check payments to be processed as Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions, which immediately debit the account. The process will read the information from a paper check and convert it to an electronic payment or debit transaction. The result is that funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as we receive your payment, and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution.
Tuition and fees may also be paid by Pinless debit card on the Hofstra Portal at My.Hofstra.edu. There is no convenience fee charged for Pinless debit card transactions. Please check with your bank to ensure your bank participates in the Pinless debit card program and to verify daily dollar value limitations before submitting your information.
Checks must be made payable to Hofstra University and in U.S. dollars.
Please refer to Hofstra.edu/sfshowto Hofstra.edu/sfshowto for specific instructions
A personal check returned by the bank for any reason will be charged back to the student's account and the student's account will be assessed a $25.00 returned check fee. In addition, a hold will be placed on the student's account prohibiting access to many of Hofstra University's services.
When a personal check has been returned, the student must remit payment in the form of cash, certified bank check, money order or credit card to satisfy the outstanding balance or the student may also be subject to account restrictions, included but not limited to, cancellation of current term and future term classes for non-payment, restriction from payment by personal check, etc.
Hofstra University reserves the right to rescind the option to pay by personal check.
If you make any changes to your account (i.e. drop a class/add a class/add a dining plan/change a dining plan/add a room/change a room) after your first paper bill is received, always check your Hofstra portal for your most updated billing information at My.Hofstra.edu, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your portal account will reflect the most up to date information.
Please refer to Hofstra.edu/sfshowto for specific instructions
Please contact the Student Financial Services Suite at 516-463-8000 or via email. You may also come to the second floor of Memorial Hall and speak with a Student Financial Services counselor.
Hofstra University now offers several payment plan options. Enrollment in a payment plan allows you to divide your semester charges, after financial aid and any other expected funding, into manageable monthly installments. For all plans, payment may either be automatically debited from your checking account monthly or paid manually on or before the installment due date. Please refer to Hofstra.edu/sfshowto for instructions on how to enroll.
Late Payment Fees are assessed on all accounts that are not paid by the established due dates.
A $100 Late Payment Fee is assessed on accounts if not paid by the bill due date
An additional $150 Late Payment Fee is assessed by September 15
An additional $250 Late Payment Fee is assessed by October 15
A $100 Late Payment Fee is assessed on accounts if not paid by the bill due date
An additional $150 Late Payment Fee is assessed by February 15
An additional $250 Late Payment Fee is assessed by March 15
January and Summer Semesters:
A $50 Late Payment Fee is assessed on accounts if not paid by the bill due date
A $100 Late Payment Fee is assessed on accounts for each monthly installment payment paid after the scheduled due date.
Please refer to the Academic Leave and Withdrawal page for further details on the policy. Refund of tuition charges is based on the date the course is officially dropped through the Office of Student Accounts. The refund of tuition schedule can be found on the deadlines page.
Refund requests may be submitted online through your student account at My.Hofstra.edu. by following these steps:
- Click on Hofstra Online on the left side of the screen.
- Then under Student Services, click on Student Accounts
- Next, select the Student Refund Request Form.
You may also submit refund requests via email, via telephone at 516-463-8000 or in person at the Student Financial Services Suite in Memorial Hall.
You may track the status of your refund request through your portal account under the Student Account section of the Hofstra Online area. Refund requests typically take up to 15 business days to be processed and an email will be sent to your Pride account once it is completed.
Hofstra University, in compliance with federal regulations, must obtain the voluntary permission from the student (or Parent, if a Parent PLUS loan) to apply Federal financial aid proceeds to pay for charges related to a prior term, future term or charges other than tuition, fees, room and board on the student’s account.
The authorization form remains in effect while you are a Hofstra University student (including breaks in enrollment). It may be rescinded at any time(See Title IV Rescind Form).
By signing the form, any excess financial aid (either student or Parent PLUS) will be permitted to be applied to prior, future or certain miscellaneous charges on your student account (such as traffic fines, library fines and replacement ID cards). Importantly, this will help prevent an “account hold” for unpaid charges, which would block you from registering for future semesters, obtaining grades and receiving transcripts.
Student’s accounts that are not paid in full are assessed late payment fees according to the published schedule and an Accounts Receivable Hold. This hold prohibits the student from participating in Hofstra’s Open Registration process and also may prohibit participation from the annual Fall Room Selection process. In addition, the University reserves the right to withhold diplomas, certificates, transcripts and other University services until all financial obligations have been satisfied.
Be sure to check your portal account to ensure your student account is paid in full before important deadlines, such as Open Registration and Fall Room Selection process.
Summer and Fall Registration typically opens in March
January and Spring Registration typically opens in October
Room Selection Process typically begins in March
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to protect the confidentiality of student education records. The law states that no one outside the institution shall have access to a student's education records, nor will the institution disclose any information from those records without the written consent of the student.
At the post-secondary level, parents have no inherent rights to inspect a student’s education record. The right to inspect is limited solely to the student.
Parents may gain access to non-directory information (grades, GPA, etc.) only if they obtain consent from the student.
The preferred method to allow access to parents is through My.Hofstra.edu portal whereby the student can, at his or her discretion, grant access to his or her records online. A consent form, FERPA Student Release, is also available at the Student Financial Services Suite in Memorial Hall, or can be downloaded from Hofstra’s web site.
Be sure to check out the attached link for more important information including tuition and fees and printable forms http://www.hofstra.edu/sfs/bursar
The University reserves the right to change costs, dates and procedures at its discretion.
Visit the Form 1098T FAQ.